New recommendations for child passenger safety have been released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). These new guidelines optimize safety in vehicles for children from birth through adolescence.

The AAP now recommends rear-facing car seats for infants and children up to 2 years of age and booster seats for children until they reach 4’9″ tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age. In addition, forward-facing car seats for most children through age 4, belted booster seats for children through age 8, and lap and shoulder seat belts for children who have outgrown booster seats are recommended. All children younger than 13 should ride in the rear seats of the car.

Studies of U.S. crash data show that one-year-olds are five times less likely to be injured in a crash if they are in rear-facing car seats than forward-facing. Keeping toddlers in rear-facing seats better supports their spines, heads and necks if in a crash.

With the hope to reduce child injuries, we at Children’s Medical Group support the new AAP guidelines and urge your compliance.